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Star Wars Gamer #9
Emissary of the Void II:
Dark Tidings
by Greg Keyes

Published by Wizards of the Coast


Scott's Rating:   4 out of 4


This short story was published in the Star Wars Gamer magazine. It takes place shortly after The New Jedi Order - Balance Point. It is the second part of a series started in Star Wars Gamer #8.

Uldir and Jedi Klin-Fa face off with a group of Corporate Sector Authority soldiers who are led by a Yuuzhan Vong warrior. A fierce battle ensues and our heroes escape. However, Uldir, who has minor Force sensitivity, feels Klin-Fa use the Dark Side during the conflict. Is there more to her? He discovers that there is when they all get into space. After demanding that they go to the planet Wayland, Klin-Fa steals a hyperspace capable A-Wing stored in Uldir's ship and takes off on her own.



Scott:

    As I mentioned in my review for the first part of this story, I like seeing a short story linking into the New Jedi Order. It's good to see a tale of significance being included in Star Wars Gamer. I also like the addition of Junior Jedi Knights character Uldir, the return to the Corporate Sector, and the inclusion of prequel aliens such as Dugs. Throw in a lot of action, the addition of some classic trilogy ships, and some romance and you have a fun short story that has something for everyone.

I like the idea of having Klin-Fa possibly using the Dark Side. Not only does it make her character more interesting and mysterious, but it makes a lot of sense. If Jedi are being hunted down and killed, you have to think the survivors are going to be slightly angry and upset about it. It's natural for some of them to start using Dark Side powers. This story explores that.

Emissaries of the Void will continue on into Gamer #10. It looks like a promising story as Klin-Fa returns to Wayland where some of the Emperor's old treasures are stored. There's a lot of potential there and I can't wait to see what Keyes comes up with.



Scott:

    I guess my only gripe this time around is that the art ruins one of the cool parts of the story. Before you even start reading it you know the Jedi is going to cut the Yuuzhan Vong in half. It ruins it. And hasn't it been established that it is very difficult to kill a Yuuzhan Vong because of their armor. Seems "all too easy".



Scott:

    Neatly sliced Yuuzhan Vong holding a conversation with the Jedi who just cut him up.


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